Chris Young And The 10 Artists Who Shaped Him

by Noiz 28. July 2014 20:38

Chris Young And The 10 Artists Who Shaped Him

In the near future, Chris Young tickets will be collected at venues all over the country.  On July 31, the country music singer launches a robust tour of the United States.  It begins at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  That night he’ll be joined by Dierks Bentley.

Highlights of the trek include Chris Young in Fort Worth, Texas on Sept. 13; Chris Young visiting Webster, Massachusetts on Sept. 21; and Chris Young performing in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Riverbend Music Center, on Sept. 25.

The Chris Young concert in Cincinnati will also feature Bentley as a warm up act.  The “What Was I Thinkin’” singer is also on the marquee when Young visits Sixes, Oregon on Aug. 3; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on Sept. 26; and Noblesville, Indiana on Sept. 27.

In the “now,” Young is celebrating his sixth number one single.  His “Who I Am With You” has just summited the Mediabase Country Singles chart. 

“Yeah, I’m pretty happy right now,” gushed Young over his latest accomplishment. 

Recently, Rolling Stone magazine asked Young to list ten artists “who shaped him as an artist.”  Below are those ten artists.  We’ve listed them in order of obviousness.  Some are fairly evident for a country music star while a few came out of leftfield.  We’ve got to give it to Young. He came up with a pretty interesting list.

BEYOND OBVIOUS

George Strait

“If you're a solo male artist who sings country music, he's probably going be somewhere on your list.”

In truth, Rolling Stone should have asked Young to list 10 artists who made him who he is that aren’t named George Strait.  The King of Country has had such a great career that he has influenced singers in and out of the country music genre.  Strait has sold more than 100 million records, posted 44 number one country singles, and earned 13 multi-platinum certifications.  When it comes to country music singers Strait is the alpha and the omega. 

Connection:  Young used to sing Strait’s “The Fireman” when he was a teenager performing with local house bands.

COMPLETELY OBVIOUS

Alan Jackson

"He's one of the truly quintessential singer/songwriters of country.”

Alan Jackson is another no-brainer.  He makes Young’s list more for his songwriting prowess than his voice (although that didn’t hurt him any).  Jackson has sold more than 80 million records and placed 50 singles inside the top ten of Billboard’s country music singles chart.  Many of those songs Jackson wrote himself.  Jackson is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Connection:  Around five years ago, Chris Young toured with Alan Jackson as his opening act.

OBVIOUS

Vince Gill

“He's the consummate musician. Great singer, great songwriter, great dude.”

Vince Gill is a country and bluegrass legend, but you can do away with the genres and just call him one of the all-time greats.  His 20 Grammy Awards are the most by a male country music artist.  He has also sold more than 24 million albums and charted 40 singles.  Gill once opened for KISS and was asked to join Dire Straits. 

Connection:  Chris Young and Vince Gill sang “Hey Good Lookin'?” at the Grand Ole Opry.  It was the first time he ever sang with Gill.  Young said he was freaked out through the entire number, afraid that if he screwed up a Hank Williams song the Opry would never let him back.

NOT OBVIOUS BUT NOT A SURPISE EITHER

Blake Shelton

“He had a mullet… He's a really great guy.”

The thing Chris Young likes the most about Blake Shelton is his perseverance.  Shelton kicked around Nashville for years before making it big.  Remember, his label put the kibosh on him releasing “I Wanna Talk About Me” as his debut single—the same song Toby Keith took to number one.  Shelton didn’t really become a household name until 2011 when he was selected as one of the judges on the NBC singing competition, The Voice. 

Connection: When Young was a teenager he used to watch Shelton perform all over Nashville.  Since then, Young has opened for Mr. Miranda Lambert on several occasions.

SLIGHTLY SUPRISING

Tony Bennett

“He's just got one of those all-time classic voices."

If you’re a successful singer, regardless of genre, chances are very good that you owe Tony Bennett a debt of gratitude.  Bennett has won 17 Grammy Awards, is a Kennedy Center Honoree, and has sold 50 million records.  His greatest accomplishment is expanding his fan base to include the talent blind MTV generation without changing his style. 

Connection:  During an appearance on NPR, Chris Young sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” a tune Tony Bennett made popular.

UNEXPECTED   

Tracy Lawrence

…he was one of those guys that I loved hearing all the stuff he picked [to record].”

Tracy Lawrence is a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Texas.  He’s responsible for such great songs as “Sticks and Stones,” “Can’t Break It to My Heart,” and “Texas Tornado.”  Lawrence flourished in the 1990s and the early 2000s.  He’s a musical hero to Young as well as a real-life hero.  In 1991, three men confronted Lawrence and a former girlfriend outside of his hotel room.  The men tried to force Lawrence and his friend into the room but he refused to go.  The perpetrators shot him four times while the girlfriend escaped.  Surgery was needed but a bullet still remains in Young’s pelvis.

Connection: Young and Lawrence have both worked with producer James Stroud.

COMPLETE SURPRISE

Aerosmith

"I was a huge Aerosmith fan growing up.”

Aerosmith is America’s best-selling rock band.  The Bad Boys of Boston have sold more than 150 million albums, they’ve won four Grammy Awards, and are inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Some of the band’s biggest singles are “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” "Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” and “Janie's Got a Gun.”

Connection:  When Young has trouble nailing something that’s up tempo he’ll listen to Aerosmith for help.

WHO?

Keith Whitley

“One of the first records I bought for myself was a Keith Whitley record.”

Keith Whitley died from alcohol poisoning in May of 1989 at the age of 34 (Young is currently 29).  His influence on the country music far out strips his success although he had a few hit records.  Whitley released three albums, one of them was posthumously.  His first album, and one of Young’s favorites, is 1985’s L.A. to Miami.  

Connection:  Both Young and Whitley are/were signed to RCA Records.

LEFT FIELD

Boyz II Men

“I saw them live about a year and a half ago. I'm still a fan.”

Chris Young was approaching his sixth birthday when Boyz II Men released Cooleyhighharmony (1991).  He was a little young for the New Jack Swing craze that swept the nation, but still old enough where you can picture him dancing to "Motownphilly" in his bedroom.  The R&B legends are responsible for the first, third, and fourth longest stints atop Billboard’s main singles charts.  You think “Shawn” was his favorite?

Connection: Young use to sing along with the musical runs in Boyz II Men songs.  He believes it has helped him as a vocalist. 

NOODLE SCRATCHER

Joe Diffie

“One of the things I always remember about him was, that dude could sing his ass off.”

Even though Joe Diffie is a country music singer his selection is a little bit of a noodle scratcher.  Young loves his voice, but many critics deride Diffie for lacking a vocal identity.  They look at Diffie as more of an imitator than an innovator.  Diffie is known for singing novelty songs and ballads which probably explains why he made Young’s list.

Connection:  Young recently ran into Diffie at the Opry and his hero recognized him—even addressed him by name.  That encounter made the fan-boy as giddy as a school girl.

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The Cost Of A PHISHing Vacation

by Noiz 25. July 2014 03:16

The Cost Of A PHISHing Vacation

What are you doing for your vacation this year?

Jeff Miers spent his vacation attending Phish concerts.  That seems like a novel idea until you learn that Miers is a music critic for The Buffalo News.  Then the idea seems slightly masochistic like a teacher going back to school during their week off.

Miers began his vacation by attending three Phish concerts at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center—he brought his son with him on the first night.  Towards the end of his holiday, he saw the world’s number one jam band in Canandaigua, New York. 

It’s often said that a man for whom work and pleasure are one and the same is the luckiest of men. My vacation made me feel pretty lucky.” — Jeff Miers

Phish has a large fan following.  They also have a lot of fans who follow them around.  Generally, when we think of swimming after Phish we don’t think of professionals like Jeff Miers.  We think of teenagers, or early 20-somethings, packed into a Volkswagen bus with ten of their best friends.  They manage to live off of free-love, Top Ramen, and bootleg tapes.

Miers came up with a more adult and comfortable variation of a theme that’s in desperate need of a shower.  If you follow his lead, and expand it just a bit, you have one hell of a good idea: use your vacation time to follow Phish around the country.  It might not be going to Europe but it will still be one hell of a road trip.

This fall, Phish is launching a 12-concert tour of the Western part of the United States.  This jaunt is perfect fodder for your vacation because it starts on Friday, Oct. 17 and ends Sunday, Nov. 2.  That means you can use your two weeks of vacation time (plus one additional day) and follow the tour from start to finish.

Furthermore, you’ll be going Phish-ing in style—no tents, vans, or couches.  You’re going to fly to the city hosting their first show, rent a car to drive to their other tour stops, sleep in hotels, and eat at restaurants. 

First, you need to buy Phish tickets.

For the most part, all Phish tickets cost the same.  Besides, you’re not going to follow Phish around the western part of the United States and sit in nose bleeds seats.  You want quality seats.  Using prices from the band’s own website, it’s going to cost you $65.70 to attend each concert.

>>Tickets to every one of Phish’s 12 autumn concerts… $788

The tour begins in Eugene, Oregon.  To determine the cost of getting there, I took the price of an airline ticket from Los Angeles to Eugene and averaged it with the cost of an airline ticket from New York to Eugene.  I figure this would be a decent starting point for determining how much it will cost you to fly to the city where Phish is launching their tour.

>>Airline ticket to Eugene, Oregon… $172

At the Eugene airport you’re going to rent a car.  Renting a car is something you can spend as much as you want.  For this exercise, you’re renting a Chevy Aveo (economy class) for $49 a day with unlimited mileage from Hertz.  This was the cheapest I found.  It’s not the most comfortable vehicle ever made but it will get you to Phish. 

>>Renting an economy class vehicle… $1,143

After Eugene, you’ll drive 287 miles to Seattle to attend a Phish show at Key Arena (Oct. 18).  After that, you’ll have the longest drive of your excursion when you tootle from the Emerald City to Santa Barbara.  That drive is over 1,100 miles. 

You’re shortest jaunt is from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles (Inglewood to be exact).  It’s just 95 miles.  Phish plays Inglewood and the fabulous Forum on Oct. 24.  You’ll finish your journey with a couple of 500-mile roadies.  It’s a 533-mile drive from San Diego to San Francisco while 563 miles of pavement separate San Francisco and Las Vegas.

When it’s all said and done, you will have driven 2,732 miles.  That’s using the shortest route between cities and not doing a bit of sightseeing.  The Chevy Aveo gets 35 miles to the gallon on the highway.  Since most of the driving will be done on the highway I’ll use that figure to estimate a need of 78 gallons of gas.

As of today, the average price for a gallon of gas in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada (all of the states hosting Phish concerts during their fall tour) is $3.91. 

>>Estimated Fuel Cost…$304.98

Why camp when you can stay in a perfectly nice hotel room?  For your Phish-ing trip you’ll need accommodations for 17 nights.  Each one of those nights will cost you about $240.

The way I computed the hotel rooms was very simple and it had nothing to do with price.  I picked the hotel closest to the venue that’s hosting the Phish concert.  In most cases, the hotel is within walking distance to the arena or amphitheater.  I thought it was prudent that you don’t drive after attending a Phish show. 

I also have you staying in the city the night of the performance(s).  The following day you’re immediately off to the next city on the itinerary.  You’re always killing time in the city that’s about to host a Phish concert and not in the city they’ve already performed.   That way, if you suffer delays in traveling to your next destination you won’t miss the concert.

These two qualifications made the hotel part of the budget a little expensive especially since the hotel in Santa Barbara is more than $400 a night and you’ll be staying there for four nights.  You’re also staying in San Francisco for four nights.  The hotel in that city, which is practically on top of the performance venue, is the third most expensive hotel on your schedule.

>>17-night lodging in seven cities… $4,101

Las Vegas hosts Phish, and their final three shows, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.  That Nov. 2 performance occurs on Sunday.  After the house lights come on you’ll drive to the airport, hop a plane, and go home.  Again, I used the same formula to get you home from Las Vegas that I used to get you to Eugene.

>>Airline ticket home from Las Vegas… $169

What about food, souvenirs, and, you know, that other stuff you often smell at a Phish concert?  Again, you can spend as much or as little as you want on victuals and incidentals.  I want you to be comfortable so let’s give you a modest per diem of $50.    

>>Per Diem for entire trip… $850

The grand total to see every Phish concert on their upcoming fall tour is $6,678.  That works out to $556.50 per concert.  If you use your own car, and fine some less expensive hotel rooms, you can probably chop down that figure by a couple thousand dollars.  Either way, it’s a lot of money, but if you consider all the great music you’ll hear, and all the interesting people you’ll meet, the memories of your Phish-ing trip will be priceless.

>>Total cost to see 12 Phish concerts… $6,678

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Brantley Gilbert And His Cheap Sweepstakes

by Noiz 23. July 2014 13:08

Brantley Gilbert And His Cheap Sweepstakes

This fall is shaping up to be a big one for BG Nation.

On Sept. 19, in Austin, Texas, Brantley Gilbert kicks off the second leg of his “Let It Ride Tour.”  His tour ends Dec. 6 with a show in Pikeville, Kentucky. 

Highlights of his upcoming outing include Brantley Gilbert in Worchester on Sept. 27, Brantley Gilbert in St. Louis on Oct. 17, and Brantley Gilbert in Anaheim on Nov. 22.

Opening for Gilbert will be (depending on the date) Aaron Lewis or Tyler Farr.  Lewis picks up the bulk of the work as he’s on the marquee through Oct. 25 and the Brantley Gilbert show in Kansas City, Missouri.  From then on out, it’s Farr. 

In addition to either Lewis or Farr, BG Nation will also get a set from Chase Bryant.  C.B. is booked to appear at every tour stop.

Earlier in the year, Gilbert toured with Thomas Rhett and Eric Paslay.

Brantley Gilbert’s upcoming concerts are sure to be some of the hottest country music jamborees of the year.  Gilbert is a dynamic performer who electrifies crowds from Bangor to Cape Girardeau with his accessible strain of country rock.

Alright, y’all, if you missed us on round one, here are the upcoming dates for round two of the Let It Ride Tour, coming up this fall with Mr. Aaron Lewis and Mr. Tyler Farr coming out with us.  It’s going to be a blast.” – Brantley Gilbert

#LETITRIDETOUR
If you visited the singer’s Web site in the early summer, and scrolled down a bit, you probably noticed that there was an opportunity to win one of ten sets of Brantley Gilbert tickets. 

To enter, all you had to do was click a box that says you’ve read the rules and regulations (must make those lawyers happy) and then share the fact that you entered on Twitter or Facebook.  In other words, saying you entered was your entry.

Oh yeah, there was one more thing.  You had to fork over your email address. 

I found it all a little confusing especially since posted above  the giveaway announcement was a video of Gilbert asking BG Nation to post pictures on social networks and then below the announcement there were  images from Gilbert’s Instagram account.  Initially, I thought to enter the giveaway I needed to post a Brantley Gilbert-related photo.

Sweepstakes
Then I read the official rules and regulations and learned that it wasn’t a contest but a sweepstakes.  That means all you had to do to be eligible to win tickets was throw your name into a hat.  I didn’t have to do anything else.

The sweepstakes ended 11:59pm on July 18.  Winners were selected by a “random” drawing.  If you think the drawing was random you’re crazy.  The powers that be looked at the Twitter and Facebook accounts of every name drawn and made sure they were “acceptable” winners.

The tickets went to actual fans.  If you had a red circle with a line through it over Gilbert’s face you weren’t getting the concert tickets.  If your wall revealed interests in depraved activities or objectionable exercises you weren’t getting the concert tickets.  If you bragged about taking your jet to Paris so you could have lunch before vacationing on your private island you weren’t getting the concert tickets.

I have no problem with an artist giving away concert tickets.  They should do it more often, but before we give Gilbert and his management a Nobel Peace Prize let’s look at this “sweepstakes” a little more closely.

Cheap-stakes
If your name was randomly drawn you won two tickets to a Brantley Gilbert concert of your choice.  That’s great if you live near Moline, Illinois (he’s scheduled to perform there on Oct. 18), in the vicinity of Charlotte, North Carolina (where he has a concert plotted for Dec. 4), or nigh any upcoming Brantley Gilbert show.

It’s not good if you live in the Pacific Northwest (the closest he comes to that region is a Nov. 21 show in San Jose, California), Southern Florida (the closet he comes to that part of the world is a Halloween show in Savannah, Georgia), or any other expanse not lucky enough to host a Gilbert performance.

Seeing Brantley Gilbert live is one of the best reasons to go on a road trip.  I reside in Southwest Washington and I’d drive the ten-plus hours to see Gilbert blow the roof off of the SAP Center in San Jose.  My pocketbook and boss, however, may not see it my way. 

The sweepstakes gives you tickets of your choice but getting there is still your responsibility.  So the giveaway wasn’t for the entire BG Nation.  It was for those able to attend a show.

Email Address
Furthermore, to enter this sweepstakes you had to provide your email address.  I’m confident that Brantley Gilbert’s people won’t sell my email address to makers of little blue pills or cash-strapped Nigerian princes, but it will be used to try and squeeze every last nickel from my discretionary budget.

According to the official rules: “Any entry information collected from the Sweepstakes shall be used only in a manner consistent with the consent given by entrants at the time of entry and with Sponsor's On-line Privacy Policy.”

That’s pretty vague.  Fortunately, they enumerated things in a later section: “sponsor will not sell, rent or otherwise transfer this information to any third party.”  That’s good to hear but the information will be used. 

The collected information will help shape where Gilbert plays in the future and what kind of advertisers will sponsor his tours.  At the very least, the sweepstakes increased the value of his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I know this is very pessimistic.  Instead of parsing every detail, I should praise Gilbert for giving away tickets.  But, he’s got 23 dates coming up and he’s only giving away 20 tickets!  More people will sneak in then will win tickets from the Gilbert camp.

“Girls, Girls, Girls”
If you want to impress, give away 1,000 concert tickets and free copies of Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crüe. 

Have you heard about this album?  A bunch of country music superstars got together and recorded a bunch of Motley Crüe songs.  The tribute album is set to drop Aug. 19.

I mention this album in a Gilbert article because he’s the lucky performer who got to record “Girls, Girls, Girls.”  Aaron Lewis is also involved.  He covered “Afraid.”

As Nikki Sixx said, this album is not for Crüe fans but country fans who are also rock fans.

Can you imagine this record being made in the late 1980s during Crüe’s heyday?  Can you imagine artists like Randy Travis, The Judds, Ricky Van Shelton, and K.T. Oslin covering Motley Crüe?  I guess timing is everything.

Gilbert hasn’t been playing “Girls Girls Girls” in concert but look for him to do so during the upcoming leg of his “Let It Ride Tour.” 

Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crüe
Rascal Flatts – “Kickstart My Heart”
Florida Georgia Line – “If I Die Tomorrow”
LeAnn Rimes – “Smokin’ In The Boys Room”
Justin Moore – “Home Sweet Home”
Cassadee Pope with Robin Zander – “The Animal In Me”
Aaron Lewis – “Afraid”
Big & Rich – “SOS”
Sam Palladio and Claire Bowen – “Without You”
Eli Young Band – “Don’t Go Away Mad”
Lauren Jenkins – “Looks That Kill”
The Cadillac Three – “Live Wire”
The Mavericks – “Dr. Feelgood”
Brantley Gilbert – “Girls Girls Girls”
Gretchen Wilson – “Wild Side”
Darius Rucker – “Time For Change"

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Will Legalization Of Marijuana Affect Artists Like Wiz Khalifa

by Noiz 21. July 2014 12:29

Will Legalization Of Marijuana Affect Artists Like Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa and his “Under the Influence of Music Tour” kicks off July 24 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  The 22-date trek ends Aug. 24 when Wiz Khalifa visits Irvine, California and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Taylor Gang members should look for Wiz Khalifa in Toronto on July 29, Wiz Khalifa in Mansfield on Aug. 2, and Wiz Khalifa in Tinley Park on Aug. 5.

Khalifa is bringing along a bevy of talent including Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Sage the Gemini, Rich Homie Quan, Mack Wilds, IAMSU, and DJ Drama. 

The 26-year-old rapper will be supporting his fifth studio album, Blacc Hollywood.  The opus will hit proverbial store shelves on Aug. 19.  Blacc Hollywood contains contributions from Nicki Minaj, Curren$y, Ty Dolla Sign, and Chevy Woods.

"Let's Go Get Stoned"
If you have Wiz Khalifa tickets, of if you buy any one of his albums, you’re bound to realize that the Pittsburgh-based rapper has a huge penchant for marijuana. 

On the cover of Blacc Hollywood, Khalifa’s face is covered by a cloud of smoke.  Yes, that smoke could be from a cigarette but the connotation is it’s exhale from a marijuana joint. 

If that doesn’t sell you on his affinity for “Mary Jane” then how about his 2011 album Rolling Papers, or starring in the stoner film Mac & Devin Go to High School, or calling remixes “Weedmixes,” or teaming with Raw Rolling Papers to have his own line of “smoking accessories,” or telling a reporter that he spends ten grand on “Grass” every month, or being arrested for marijuana possession. 

“Pass The Dutchie Pon The Left Hand Side”
Wiz Khalifa is one of a long line of rappers/rockers who champion “The Herb.”  In today’s political climate, however, one has to wonder what effect the increasing decriminalizing of marijuana will have on Wiz Khalifa and other proponents of “Cannabis?”

I’m not saying the legalization of “Hemp” will stop Khalifa or his fans from getting high.  I’m asking will relaxed marijuana laws change the landscape of popular music?

Marijuana has had a long relationship with popular music especially elements that appeal to hormone-addled, restless, young people looking for a good time. 

In the 1920s and early 1930s, when the youth of America was gorging on jazz, two of the genre’s biggest names, Louie Armstrong and Cab Calloway, recorded famous songs about the “Purple Sticky Punch.”  There’s a reason why a “jazz cigarette” is a marijuana joint and not a cigarette with a bunch of random tobacco strung together.  Remember, before rock took over in the 1950s, jazz was the preferred music for fidgety adolescences.

“Everybody Must Get Stoned”
In the 1960s and 1970s, “sticky icky” was the topic of popular songs by Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Steppenwolf, Rick James, Peter Tosh, and Bob Marley.  The Beatles told us that they get “high with a little help from” their friends.  The Byrds sang about being “Eight Miles High” and in The Doors’ “Break On Through” Jim Morrison chants “she gets high.”

If you want to get some easy counter-culture credentials just throw the words “high” or “stoned” into your song.

There’s a reason why the saying is “sex, drugs, and rock & roll” and not “delightful conversation, soda pop, and rock & roll.”  Rock, rap, heavy metal, punk, alternative, and even country (to some extent) all sell a lifestyle of living on the edge and social disobedience.  Popular music is festoon with rebels, outlaws, gangsters, agitators, protestors, renegades, radicals, and revolutionaries.

“Let's Roll Another Joint”
That’s the fantasy being sold and it’s purchased, in large part, by middle class young people who are anything but rebels, outlaws, gangsters, agitators, protestors, renegades, radicals, and revolutionaries.  Nonetheless, popular music allows consumers to fantasize about being bad without having to give up anything good (besides money).

Marijuana, probably more than any other substance, supports the rock & roll lifestyle and fantasy.  It’s more “dangerous” than alcohol (at least socially) but not as dangerous as other drugs.  Young people can smoke a joint and listen to Wiz Khalifa without having to worry about serious consequences.  Marijuana is the perfect balance of counter-culture and safety.

Is marijuana’s rock and roll social status in jeopardy?  Pot is now legal in Washington State and Colorado.  

“Legalize It”
As a Washingtonian, I’ll admit that those two states are low on the totem pole.  It would certainly be different if pot was legalized in California, Texas, or Florida.  If marijuana was legalized in New York State it would be all we hear about on the news. 

While Washington and Colorado aren’t major players on the national stage they are on the crest of a wave of marijuana legalization that seems to be washing over America.  Washington D.C. recently made it legal to possess small amount of cannabis.  Alaska and Oregon will vote on legalizing marijuana this November.  The use of medical marijuana is legal in 23 states.

According to ArcView Group, by the end of 2014 the noncriminal marijuana industry is expected to grow to $2.6 billion.  Last year, it was $1.5 billion.

“Let's Roll Another Joint”
In the Evergreen State, they are calling the new legal marijuana business “fledgling.”  It’s being called that because demand is high and supply is low.  Once the industry gets things figure out business will be smoking.

Our staff estimates that there’ll be about $30,000 a year in sales tax revenue per business.” — Tim Leavitt, mayor of Vancouver, Washington.

Washington State won’t release any numbers until early August, but all indications point to the government reaping big money.  That’s significant because when pro-marijuana advocates campaign in other states the first thing out of their bongs will be: “look how much money local governments can make off the stuff.” That reasoning will be very attractive to cash-strapped states hungry for new revenue sources.  Why not make money off of a drug that mainly makes people lazy, stupid, and hungry?

“I Smoke Two Joints Before I Smoke Two Joints And Then I Smoke Two More"
If things keep going like they are, marijuana will be akin to the lottery.  Can you imagine Colorado or Washington using Bob Dylan’s "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" in an ad campaign? 

Okay, that probably won’t happen, but “Goofy Boots” is on its way to losing its rock and roll edge.  The aura “The Cheech and Chong” has been cultivating for nearly one-hundred years is turning to ash.

I don’t think Wiz Khalifa has anything to worry about.  Marijuana will still be primarily known as “The Chronic” and not as a revenue stream when Wiz Khalifa rolls into Dallas on Aug 14, when Wiz Khalifa performs in Mountain View on Aug. 22, and when Wiz Khalifa visits Chula Vista on Aug. 23.

I do think Khalifa is one of the last recording artists that will be closely associated with “Cheeba.” Marijuana will only get more socially and legally accepted.  As it does, it will drop out of fashion with young people looking to shock, scare, and defy authority. 

If that does indeed happen let’s hope “Reefer” isn’t replaced by something more harmful and dangerous.

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